Legal Hackathon

The world is going through a nuclear winter. Major world leaders are dead. The system of nation states is in tatters. Climate change and resource crisis have pushed the world to the brink of anarchy. Faced with these challenges, a committee of the world’s finest surviving jurists, policy-makers, and diplomats have assembled at the Kochi Conference, entrusted with drafting a world constitution. 


You have four hours. 

NAALAM presents Legal Hackathon, where your skills at negotiation, consensus building, and drafting will be put to the ultimate stress-test.


Prizes worth: Rs. 1.7K


The Event Head is the final and authoritative interpretive body of the Rules and the Problem, as well as any dispute that may arise during the course of the Conference, with the exception of allegations of inappropriate conduct which may be directly raised with the Internal Complaints Committee (ICC).

The Case Concerning the New World Order

In 2029, a tense diplomatic crisis between the United States and North Korea led to an accidental failure of radar communications. It ended with Supreme Leader Kim Jong-un’s aide, prompted by a sudden heavenly intimation from Kim Jong-il, ordering a nuclear first-strike against on the American Mainland. The United States radar systems interpreted that as a first-strike from China, prompting a nuclear exchange that devastated all three, with North Korea being entirely annihilated. This precipitated World War III, resulting in a nuclear winter in many State Capitals throughout the world including all Permanent Members of the Security Council. The State of the Union was in session, during the Strike, and the entire political leadership of the U.S. Federal Government was killed. The premiers of most major countries are dead. This lead to a prolonged period of mass migration, resource crises, and a diplomatic regression that returned the world community to a state of affairs reminiscent of the 1400s. In this post-Apocalyptic world, the members states of the United Nations, prompted by a combination of peaceful protests, insurgencies, and massive anarchy, engaged in a massive exercise to suppress the protests and the insurgencies, codenamed “Operation Carrot-Stick” under the aegis of the newly revived Military Staff Committee. Most non-major nations where continuity of government became impossible was placed under the International Trusteeship Council, and global troops were aggregated under the control of the MSC. Global Political Control was consolidated and centralized wherever possible, and all military commands were cleared through the MSC. A combination of brute-force, and propaganda restored the global order of 95% percent of the countries into a semi-peaceful state.

The member-states at the Luxembourg Conference came to the conclusion that due to climate change, nuclear winter, and resource shortages, the concept of nation-states was impractical for the time being. Twenty delegates, representing various members of civil society, prominently legal academics, political scientists, and diplomatic representatives assembled in Kerala (one of the few places under complete control) for the Kochi Conference that took place in the Conference Room of the NUALS Campus, which was unaffected by flooding due to the fact that it was situated well above sea level, in order to draft a Constitution establishing an interim, and possibly permanent World Government. They were tasked with preparing an initial position memo, delineating points of agreement, and creating a plan for re-establishing binding and enforceable international institutions. They had six hours.

They had to consider the following issues:

1.      Jurisdiction and Powers

2.      Federal Units

3.      Rights

4.      Branches of Government

5.      Limitations

6.      Continuity

7.      Miscellaneous

The Kochi Conference consists of twenty members. It is chaired by the Secretary to the Conference, who is assisted by two Clerks. They shall follow informal rules of procedure. Procedural matters will require a simple majority whereas substantive motions will require a two-thirds majority. The Secretary to the Conference enforces these rules, and has the authority to supplement it with additional procedural rules as necessary. In all other matters, the Conference has the authority to decide on its rules of procedure, where it does not contravene the Secretary’s supplementation. 

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